A coastguard helicopter has airlifted all 14 crew members from a general cargoship that ran aground off Taiwan in a typhoon.

The 5,600-dwt Panama-flagged Fortune (built 1999) got stuck off Jibei island in the Penghu archipelago on Sunday, Taiwan English News reported.

The incident has been blamed on mechanical failure, the report said.

Video footage released by Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) shows the vessel rolling in heavy seas.

Distress call issued

The CGA's Magong Signal Station received a distress call from the crew of the Fortune on the morning of 17 October.